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‘America’s Next Top Model’ Alum Makes Startling Appearance in Court

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Renee Alway in court (KESQ/YouTube)

Remember back when Britney Spears shaved her head? So do we — but now the pop star isn't alone in showing up to court with a startling new look.

Former "America's Next Top Model" contestant Renee Alway shaved all of her hair before appearing in court on Thursday to face the judge in her burglary case which involved a dramatic, six-hour armed standoff with cops on June 28, as well as charges of narcotics possession, fraud, and committing a felony while out on bail for a separate charges (which also stemmed from drugs and theft).

Though Alway said nothing as she stood before the judge in handcuffs, her sister later told TMZ that the new 'do (or lack thereof) is meant to symbolize a new beginning for the troubled star. Renee wants "to start over," she explained. Apparently losing her locks is the first step.

[Related: 'America's Next Top Model' Contestant's Mugshot Raises More Questions Than Answers]

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Renee Alway's mugshot (Palm Beach Police Department)

We have to say, however, we're hopeful, if a wee bit skeptical about this claim. Back when Brit did it, there was speculation that she shaved her head so her hair couldn't be used for drug testing. In fact, her former manager/ friend, Sam Lufti, testified under oath that Spears shaved her head because she feared her strands would test positive for drugs.

While Britney's motive was never definitively proven one way or the other, losing hair that might provide hard evidence of substance abuse seems to be a relatively common practice. And Alway, who has been arrested a whopping four times this year (and it's only July, people), seems like she might be struggling with some pretty serious addiction issues.

We do have to admit, however, that even without her auburn locks, the former model looked a whole lot better than in her latest mug shot, which, we do realize, isn't saying much. Still, maybe she really is on her way to cleaning up her act. Though if she thinks a buzz-cut will be enough to do it, she's got a long road ahead.

Here's a bunch of stars who've shaved their heads for entirely different reasons:

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